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1 year ago
Leslie Claudius: A true legend of hockey

Kolkata, Dec 20 - Leslie Walter Claudius was a hockey legend in the truest sense of the term, perhaps the greatest right half the game has ever seen. One of the last surviving colossal figures of the golden years of Indian hockey, he epitomised sportsmanship and humility, while smoothly carrying forward the legacy of the game's wizard Dhyan Chand. A midfield dynamo belying a short fi...

1 year ago
Hockey India condoles passing away of Claudius

New Delhi, Dec 20 - Hockey India condoled the death of the legendary Leslie Walter Claudius, who passed away after a prolonged illness in Kolkata Thursday. The 85-year-old Claudius was among the country's best known hockey players, having won three Olympic gold medals in 1948 -, 1952 - and 1956 -. He added silver in 1960 at Tokyo Olympics when he captained the Indian team. The right-half wa...

1 year ago
1956 Olympics: India's dominance continues

The discerning reckon the hockey team to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, led by centre-forward Balbir Singh, was one of the best ever to leave Indian shores. The squad was brimming with experience and youth besides tremendous firepower. It was hardly a surprise then that the team came away with another gold medal, the sixth in a row. Four of the team - Balbir Singh, Randhir Singh Gentle, Lesli...

1 year ago
1952 Olympics: Babu leads bunch of no-hopers to fifth gold

The team selection ahead of the 1952 Games was marred by such controversy that India looked destined to return home from Finland empty handed. There was a near-riotous situation concerning the inclusion and omission of players to an extent that the critics wrote off the team, led by Kunwar Digvijay Singh 'Babu', as a bunch of no-hopers despite India having won four gold medals at consecutive Olymp...

8 years ago
Cricket crushed hockey like an atom bomb: Claudius

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Legendary Indian hockey player Leslie Walter Claudius says cricket has acted like an 'atom bomb' and crushed all other sports in the country, including his favourite game that was now in a 'miserable' state. A former India captain and a versatile right-half who won three gold and a silver medal at the Olympics Games between 1948 and 1960, Claudius also blamed the in...

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